This Day in Music History
1934 : Leadbelly is released from prison.
1942 : In response to what it sees as a threat from the new fad, phonograph records, the American Federation of Musicians goes on strike (but only for recording, not live, gigs).
1958 : His contract up at Sun Records, Johnny Cash leaves Memphis, moves to Los Angeles, and signs with Columbia Records.
1964 : A brand new group called The Steampacket, featuring lead vocals by one Rod Stewart, opens for the Rolling Stones at the London Palladium.
1965 : Marianne Faithfull collapses during a performance in Lancashire, England, and is taken to a hospital, canceling the remainder of her tour.
1969 : Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys is indicted in Los Angeles for failing to perform his required community service hours, which were imposed upon him after he refused to be drafted as a conscientious objector; rather than the janitorial duty he was sentenced to at LA County Hospital, Wilson taught music classes there instead.
1977 : "Elvis: What Happened?" a tell-all book written by his closest confidantes Red West and Sonny West, hit the bookshelves and made no impact until Presley's death two weeks later, when it confirmed what many had suspected: that Elvis had been abusing prescription drugs. Some say the revelatory book hurt Elvis and indirectly hastened his demise.
1978 : George Harrison and his bride-to-be Olivia Trinidad Arias announce the birth of their first child, Dhani.
1980 : Def Leppard perform their first U.S. live gig, opening for AC/DC in New York City.
1987 : Guns N' Roses head to Park Plaza and 450 South La Brea in Hollywood and shoot their first video, for "Welcome To The Jungle".
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com